OK so after letting it slip that I am working on a new concept the "Leviathan" I have received a TON of emails and questions so here is the sneak peek at how I go about designing a fixed blade knife.
Here are the parameters/design goals for this design:
7" Large hunter/fighter sized blade with full tang
Open to different blade geometries
Use .21" surface ground CPM-3V steel (A perfect middle ground thickness between a fast in the hand 3/16" fighter and a 1/4" survival/chopper)
Incorporate a "harpoon" blade design element
Incorporate a sub-hilt handle design element
Use custom CNC routed handels
Provide a custom etched Leather/Kydex hybrid sheath with Tec-Loc attachment system
So with these ideas in mind I quickly drew out the rough idea in CAD. I started with the classic blade to handle ratio of a great old standby design, the KA-BAR Mark 2. It's a reliable place to start.
My first concept hits all the design criteria above but frankly looks but ugly and uncomfortable. I try to play with an idea of combining two blade forms I have come to love the harpoon false edge and a Wharncliffe blade geometry. Ya it"s a bit unorthodox but I thought that a little experimentation I could refine the look...